The only deal Obama will agree to is one in which he gets everything he wants. Otherwise he is happy to go over the fiscal cliff because it has only one thing he doesn't want, tax increases for the middle class for which he and the MSM will successfully blame Republicans for not giving Obama everything he wants. Spending cuts to things like defense will happen. Spending cuts to things the Democrats don't want will not happen. The best thing Republicans can do is vote 'present' with the repeatedly stated intent of allowing Democrat fiscal policy to prove itself right or wrong.